Does Truth Matter?

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Do you feel like the truth is ever-changing? Do you often find yourself anxious about knowing what is true and what isn’t? It doesn’t have to be that way! Truth is unchangeable. Truth is always true despite how one feels about it; even if no one believes the truth, it remains true. Let’s get into God’s Word with this topic!

31 To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. 32 Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8:31-32

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Freedom of choice

The curious thing about freedom of choice is its ability to complicate life. Most people assume that they’ll be happier with more choices, but science proves the opposite is true. We actually become overwhelmed when there are too many options. 

The more choices we have, the more likely the options will undermine our confidence that we will make the right decision. We can become paralyzed wondering if there is another option to consider and then another one after that. This overwhelmed feeling is called decision fatigue and it can rob us of our certainty. 

Faced with too many choices, we often find ourselves stuck, making no choice at all.

The reverse can also be true.  Having only one option can feel restricting. Confining. 

That’s the Truth.

So what about when there is only one choice, one option, one path, to determine truth? When faced with the truth that there is only one way to God, and only the things done according to His ways are right and true, we have a choice to make. We can either  dismiss the truth as rigid, or…

One Way to the Father!

True freedom

Take comfort in the simplicity and clarity of Jesus’ invitation into true freedom.

Freedom to be kept in God, eternal life and to have the Holy Spirit lead us in making decisions and to comfort us in hard stuff. 

That’s the Truth.

When it comes to something as important and big as spending eternity with God and as simple as having a teacher and friend to help us every day, isn’t it a relief that the path to a relationship with God has been so clearly explained?

“I have the right to do anything,” you say—but not everything is beneficial. “I have the right to do anything”—but I will not be mastered by anything.
1 Corinthians 6:12

Take a moment to reflect. Is there something, someone in your life that you have the freedom to choose, but that you recognise is not good for you? What can you do today to remove it from your life?

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Transformed by God’s grace

Be Holy

13 Therefore, with minds that are alert and fully sober, set your hope on the grace to be brought to you when Jesus Christ is revealed at his coming. 14 As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance. 15 But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; 16 for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.”

17 Since you call on a Father who judges each person’s work impartially, live out your time as foreigners here in reverent fear. 18 For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors, 19 but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect. 1 Peter 1: 13-19

The above cripture challenges us to be holy as God is holy. Once we are born again, we are to live our lives as those who have been transformed by God’s grace, and by His power. 

Out of context and without the understanding of how God loves and empowers us, being holy sounds impossible…and honestly, it is. 

Your focus drives you

One of the first lessons a person learns when they start to drive is: whatever you focus on determines where you go. This truth can be found in the Bible too— we become what we behold.

Focus on the past and your mistakes, and you’ll find yourself headed back toward that same dead end. Focus on God, His holiness, and what His Holy Spirit gives you the grace to do, and you will discover that you are equipped to live a changed  and joyful life.

It’s common sense to recognise that something is worth whatever someone is willing to pay for it. No one would really argue that, right?

When you stop and remember that God looked at you and considered you worth His son, Jesus, as a ransom, you can see just how much He loves and values you.

That’s the truth

The phrase “reverent fear” can seem a little…intense, so let’s break it down. How would you define “reverent” in your own words? What about “fear” (think Bible, not scary movie). Do you feel like you have a reverent fear towards God? Why or why not?

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Relationship with God 

A common theme throughout Scripture is the abiding relationship God makes available to us.

This type of relationship is the kind God wanted with Adam and Eve before they chose to try life apart from God. But their choice to disobey God’s instructions, His laws, created a disconnection between humanity and God. 

In His goodness, God already had a plan—Jesus—to restore what was broken between Him and His creation. 

What you’ll read next is a plea by a man named John, who is a disciple of Jesus, a learner of Jesus’ ways, writes to people being pulled away from God. 

Knowing that God’s desire is an eternal connection, John wastes no words when it comes to challenging His readers not to abandon what they know to be true about God. Today, His Word serves as an excellent reminder to be on guard against sneaky lies masquerading as truth.

Lies come in all forms

Lies can come to us looking like advertising, song lyrics, overheard conversations, or even your own thoughts. The danger they represent can take a while to see, but they still put us in danger.

Both believing a lie or living a lie will lead you away from the truth and the peace that God offers.

As a follower of Jesus, God has promised that His Holy Spirit lives within you. You can trust that what the Spirit and the Word of God reveal is the truth– the Spirit will teach you everything you need to know.

That’s the truth.

Is there a lie that you have believed about yourself or about God? What Bible verse reminds you of the truth?

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The Bible also says that God’s character is reflected most accurately in his Church— not a denomination, a building or campus— but in his people.  

That’s the truth.

Know the Creator

Today, you can know the creator of the universe and trust that he knows you completely. God is trustworthy, because he is the author of truth. Truth is anything that agrees with what God has said in the Bible and what God has created. 

In his time on earth, Jesus reflected God’s compassion, mercy, and willingness to pursue the outcast and the overlooked. Jesus saw past people’s position, status, and condition and reached into their deepest brokenness with love and healing. 

Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you really know me, you will know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him.” John 14:6-7

Take a moment to express to God something you have not been able to tell anyone else. What is one thing you can do today to do his work and build up the church?

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